Status Report

Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Opportunity is on the Move Again

By SpaceRef Editor
October 12, 2011
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sols 2731-2737, September 29 – October 06, 2011: Opportunity finished her in-situ work at the target called “Chester Lake” at Cape York on the rim of Endeavour crater and is on the move again.

On Sol 2726 (Sept. 24, 2011), the rover performed another test of the Microscopic Imager (MI) poker, then collected a MI mosaic and placed the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) on a target for an integration. On the next sol, Opportunity got on her way to further explore around Cape York. The rover drove about 39 feet (12 meters) heading toward a feature called, “Kirkland Lake” for some imaging. On Sol 2737 (Oct. 6, 2011), Opportunity turned and began the approach to the feature named, “Shoemaker Ridge” with over a 92-feet (28-meter) drive.

As of Sol 2737 (Oct. 6, 2011), solar array energy production was 320 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.840 and a solar array dust factor of 0.513.

Total odometry is 20.89 miles (33,615.74 meters, or 33.62 kilometers).

SpaceRef staff editor.